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• FIFA has postponed plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 event in Qatar. The plan is still being considered for the 2026 World Cup, which will be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. According to FIFA, “(There was not enough) time for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact.” The World Cup is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022.

• The NFL and NFL Players Association have unveiled two joint agreements that are intended to “support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.” Full story here.

• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and social impact education innovator EVERFI, Inc. have oined the students of Santee Elementary School in San Jose to launch The Compassion Project for the 2019-2020 school year, described as a “national nonprofit dedicated to providing compassion education to elementary school students across the U.S.”

• The U.S. Golf Association has aligned with Marvel Entertainment to create exclusive golf education products to “engage junior golfers on the essential elements to learning the game." Scheduled to launch in June at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the collaboration features printed and digital comic books with many of Marvel’s super heroes The story follows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and other Avengers as they teach the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes about golf. Limited-edition Marvel-themed golf posters will be distributed (while supplies last) at the Junior Experience at the 2019 U.S. Open.

• Major League Lacrosse has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch to have its Bud Light brand become the official beer partner for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game, being played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD on July 27. The deal includes “prominent signage on the playing field, fan zone activation and various on-site promotions at several sports bars and retail locations in the Greater Annapolis area leading up to the All-Star Game.”

• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise with the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

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Luka Dončić, Trae Young Head NBA All-Rookie Team
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team includes LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

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Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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WWE Generates WrestleMania Record $181.5M Economic Impact For Orlando

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: It is no surprise when WWE says that its annual WrestleMania jewel event is a smashing success.

What might raise some eyebrows is that WrestleMania continues to raise the bar when it comes to financial results and economic impact.

WWE said that WrestleMania 33, held this past April in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

WWE said this marks a new record for WrestleMania and was the sixth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Among other factors, $24.8 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within Orlando and $9.3 million was spent by visitors to Orlando at area restaurants, according to a study conducted for WWE by Enigma Research Corp.

WrestleMania 33 also generated approximately $22.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

WrestleMania 33 bested WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium in 2016, which generated a then-record $170.4 million in economic impact derived from spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region — including $25 million spent on hotels and accommodations and $8.4 million in area restaurants — according to Enigma Research.

WrestleMania 32 still holds the all-time attendance record for the event at 101,763.

Over the past 11 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

From a local perspective, a Citrus Bowl record crowd of 75,245 fans from around the world attended WrestleMania 33, “making it the highest-grossing ($14.4 million) and most-attended event in (the venue's) history,” according to WWE.

The previous Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record was set by WrestleMania 24 in 2008 at 74,635.

"This historic result would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Dyer, the Central Florida Sports Commission and all of our public and private sector partners in Orlando that worked so hard to again welcome WWE’s global fan base,” John  Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said in a statement.

“We continue to be grateful to our fans who helped us deliver unprecedented economic results for our WrestleMania host city.”

Not just wrestling, WrestleMania became a romantic attraction when icon John Cena proposed in the ring to his girlfriend, Nikki Bella of the top-ranked Bella Twins (moments after they defeated The Miz and Marse in a tag-team match).

Among other stats culled by Enigma Research Corp regarding WrestleMania 33:

• 79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the Orlando region and stayed an average of 5.6 nights.

• The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,730 full-time jobs for the area.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8, 2018 in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperDome.

(Tickets will be available Nov. 17 through Ticketmaster. The event will be streamed live worldwide on WWE Network.)

WWE is also looking farther ahead, taking bids from potential sites, following a strategy taken by the NFL, which names its Super Bowl host cities years in advance, and the International Olympic Committee, which names host cities for the Summer and Winter Games seven years in advance.

"The level of sophistication around our bid process is quite impressive," said John Brody, evp-global sales and head of international for WWE. "We put out RFPs (request for proposal). City and even state officials are part of those presentations. We ultimately make the decision based on a number of factors.

"But the commitment we have seen from Orlando, North Texas last year and already from New Orleans and the state of Louisiana has shown us that the power of WrestleMania is not just one day, one week. It’s the opportunity for us to leave a lasting impact in a city, a region," said Brody.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania
 
1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI, March 29, 1987
3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ April 7, 2013
4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23 Ford Field, Detroit April 1, 2007
5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28 Sun Life Stadium, Miami April 1, 2012
6. 76,976: WrestleMania 31 Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
7. 75,245: WrestleMania 33 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando April 2, 2017
8. 75,167: WrestleMania 30 Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans April 6, 2014
9. 74,635: WrestleMania 24 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando March 30, 2008
10. 72,744: WrestleMania 25 Reliant Stadium, Houston April 5, 2009
Source: WWE

WrestleMania 33 Brings Down The House In Orlando

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